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Snøhetta completes North Carolina university library

Snøhetta’s Hunt Library at North Carolina State University officially opened this week

The Norwegian practice’s four-storey library, which forms part of the North Carolina State University’s Centennial Campus, seats 1,700 students in traditional and informal study rooms and features a 400-capacity auditorium and a top-floor reading room with an outdoor terrace.

A five-storey, automated book retrieval system - capable of holding two million volumes - is used to access the library’s extensive collection.

The system stores use a ninth of the space required by conventional shelving to store the same number of books.

The new building also hosts a large gallery for the university’s Institute for Emerging Issues which is a non-profit lobbying organisation dedicated to social and political issues affecting North Carolina.

Project data

Architect Snøhetta
Executive architect Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee
Programming DEGW
Cost consultant Davis Langdon
LEED administration Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee
Structural engineer Stewart Engineering
Structural consultant Arup
Civil engineer Cole Jenest Stone
PME & FP Affiliated Engineers Inc
Landscape architect Snohetta, Susan Hatchell Landscape Architecture PLLC
Acoustics The Sextant Group Inc
Lighting Pivotal
Automated book delivery system Dematic
Furniture NCSU Libraries, Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee with Another Inside Job
Construction manager Skanska

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